Beach Party? Bingo!By McNutt, Scott; InMotion, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 61-63
Publication Date: July/August 2006
Article features an annual event for amputees at the New Jersey shore. The Annual Amputee Beach Party, held in Margate, New Jersey, was initiated with the aid of Amputees in Motion, a non-profit organization for people with limb loss interested in activities in the greater New York area. The organizers interviewed offer safety tips for amputees going to the beach including protecting the residual limb from sunburn, using beach wheelchairs when available and, absent beach wheelchairs, using crutches when getting into the water (handing them to someone to take back out when immersed waist deep). The article also outlines the benefits of swimming for people with disabilities, such as reduced stress on joints, improved muscle strength, and improved balance and agility. An all-year option mentioned is swimming at a local YMCA, as YMCAs offer a sliding scale of means-based financial assistance and their facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.
Published by: Amputee Coalition of America (Website:http://www.amputee-coalition.org)